The U.S. Border Patrol Has Become a Behemoth

October 14, 2014 2:20 pm
by David Jakeman

The young Tucson boy watched in shock as immigration officials took his father away. He was only twelve years old, and his father’s only crime was not maintaining the proper documents needed to legally stay in the United States. In fear, the boy looked at his mother, who herself could not hide her concern. Upon seeing his mother, he burst into tears, fearing the worst.

Policies Hurting Families

Such is the story of an immigrant family living in the shadow of a large immigration-industrial complex. The machine-like separation of families does nothing to promote security or good immigration enforcement practices. Immigration enforcement has often been faceless, but it has only gotten worse in the past decade.

You don’t need to tell immigration lawyers, especially those on the border between the United States and Mexico, that the size and the scope of the Border Patrol has dramatically expanded since September 11th. Those tragic terror attacks spurred an incredible growth in the Border Patrol’s funding and range of actions, and that’s become a problem.

Book on Immigration Tells All

A recently published book, Border Patrol Nation1, by Todd Miller, details the ballooning of the border patrol complex that has taken place in the past decade. Miller is well suited to explore such a topic, having reported on immigration for the past ten years. His book explains that the Border Patrol under President Obama’s watch has only become harsher and more destructive.

Specifically, Obama’s deportation policy has played an important role in keeping the whole immigration industrial complex running. Miller explains how deportations have been necessary to keep the number of Immigration Customs and Enforcement employees, detention centers, and other employees busy. Such perverse incentives have been a very dangerous development, creating a constant demand for immigrants to deport. Such efforts are needed in order to feed “the Monster.”

Immigration lawyers would find this book very helpful in understanding the large morass that the immigration industrial complex has created. Understanding all the different forces their clients are up against would surely help immigration attorneys better serve their clients. It also highlights the need for immigration reform in order to stem the tide of the uncontrollable immigration industrial complex.